Challenging Topics in Palliative Care: Beyond the Basics

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Challenging Topics in Palliative Care: Beyond the Basics.  Again we have invited national professionals in the field of palliative medicine to share their expertise across various domains including pharmacotherapy, research finding regarding quality of life at end of life, advanced heart failure and radiological interventions for the palliative patient.  A session on Quality Improvement will outline processes that help us evaluate our programs and a session to share what palliative care feels and looks like in Africa will expand our horizons.  To end the day, Dr. David Weissman, recently voted one of the Top 30 Visionaries in Hospice and Palliative Care, will share not only some personal experiences that influenced his career but also what palliative care is likely to require of us in the future.

We have listened to our past participants and as such are offering a session to share YOUR difficult cases.  In addition, Table Topics at noon are being offered for those who want a forum for sharing and exchanging ideas on various topics that past participants have suggested.  It will be a full day of interesting speakers and topics with time built in for personal sharing of experiences.

Generously supported by the

Alvin & Marion Birnschein Foundation

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor 6.5 continuing education credits for psychologists.  The Medical College of Wisconsin maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 6.5 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

For a complete list of topics and agenda go to

$149 MD/DO & PhD

$99 Allied Health

$79 Fellows/students

Credit Card Payments only.


Course details

Target audience

Intermediate/Advanced Palliative Care Practitioners:

Physicians, Psychologists, Allied Health Professionals, (nurses, hospice personnel, social workers, chaplains), fellows and residents.

Learning objectives

At the end of these sessions, participants will be able to:

  • Describe three clinical events that drove formation and development of palliative care
  • Describe three historical palliative care practice principles that focus on patient centered care
  • Reflect on the status of palliative care services in your setting
  • List three opportunities to advance palliative care in your practice.
  • Demonstrate how modifiable psychosocial factors influence the decision-making of patients near death.
  • Demonstrate how modifiable psychosocial factors influence the quality of life of patients near death.
  • Demonstrate how modifiable psychosocial factors influence the quality of care of patients near death.
  • Focus on religious coping, ethnic disparities, and communication affects quality and care of patients near death.
  • Understand the challenges of delivering effective palliative care in a resource-poor setting.
  • Gain familiarity of the value of patient-reported outcomes in hospice care in Africa.
  • Appreciate the variability of patients' experience of distress depending on cultural norms.



Crowne Plaza - Milwaukee Airport
6401 South 13th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53221
United States

Faculty & credentials

Jo Weis, PhD, Associate Professor, Course Director
Wendy Peltier, MD, Associate Professor, Planning Committee
Katherine Recka, MD, Assistant Professor, Planning Committee
Ann Catlett, MD, Assistant Professor, Planning Committee
Julie Leuck, NP, Planning Committee
Tiffany Wolfgram, ACNS-BC, APNP, Planning Committee
Rose Hackbarth, Program Coordinator, Planning Committee
Joscelyne Dracca, APNP
Jonathan Gully, MD, Assistant Professor
Nancy Havas, MD, Associate Professor
Sean Marks, MD, Assistant Professor
Lauren Wiebe, MD, Assistant Professor
Krista Wiger, MD, Staff Physician

Medical College of Wisconsin Guest Speakers

Linda Blust, MD, Assistant Professor
Diane Ehn, RHIA, MS, VP Quality & Performance Improvement, Community Memorial Hospital
Robert Hieb, MD, Professor
Claudius Mahr, MD, Assistant Professor
Sean Tutton, MD, Professor

All persons in control of content have NO relevant financial relationships to disclose with the exception of the following persons:

Jonathan Gully, MD, spouse owns stock in Merck, Inc.

In accordance with the ACCME® standards for Commercial Support Number 6, all in control of content disclosed any relevant financial relationships. These relationships were reviewed via the MCW conflict of interest resolution process and resolved.



ABMS Core Competencies: 
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Barriers to change: 
Little education on advanced topics in Palliative Care.
Hotel Information: 

Crowne Plaza Milwaukee-Airport
6401 South 13th Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53221

Special room rate $99.00 until March 21, 2014

Call: local 414-764-5300 or toll free 877-227-6963 to reserve your room please mention "The Medical College of Wisconsin's conference on April 4, 2014"

CME Coordinator Contact Information

Rose Hackbarth
Phone Number:: 
+1 (414) 805-4607
This activity closed on April 30th, 2014 and is no longer available for enrollments.